What is the Difference Between Used & Certified Pre-Owned?

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There are few differences between used and certified pre-owned cars from Buick Lakeland and we’re here to help answer all of your questions, so you can more easily take home a Buick CPO or used vehicle to Winter Haven. When you’re ready to take the next step, simply apply for financing, but for now, continue reading to find out about Buick certified pre-owned vehicles and more. Have any questions about the difference between used and certified pre-owned cars? Then contact us directly. 

What to Know About Used Car Buying

Used vehicles had previous owners, and they’ll vary a lot in terms of make, model, year, mileage, and more, which sets them apart in the debate between used vs CPO cars. Because of this, and having previous owners, they’re more affordable than CPO vehicles. Another difference between used vs CPO cars is mileage. While many believe that a used car with 100,000 miles is too big of a risk, you’d be surprised at how many vehicles can last for hundreds and thousands of miles with regular (documented) service. If you’re looking for a new-to-you car, keep these tips in mind:

  • Even though OEMs don’t require that standard used cars be inspected before sale, we work hard to ensure that our customers are getting the highest value for their dollar. With that said, if you decide to purchase from a private sale, do so with extra caution. They don’t always have the same reputation as a well-established dealership. 
  • Always discuss any issues that you notice with the seller or dealership. If you purchase from a private seller, make sure you factor those repairs into your budget. 
  • With proper care and maintenance, lots of vehicles can last around 200,000 miles. High-mileage used cars are not always a bad decision, especially if you’re currently on a tight budget. 

What to Know About Buy a Certified Pre-Owned Car

Buick Certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicles have had previous owners, but they aren’t your standard used cars that you see on used car lots. They’re thoroughly inspected pre-owned vehicles that are backed by manufacturer warranties and have passed a rigorous inspection completed by a certified technician. They’re a gold standard in the differences between used vs CPO cars and only models that meet Buick’s CPO program standards earn the title. For example, the requirements for many of ourCPO model include the following: 

  • Model year is within five years of the current model year
  • Generally less than 80,000 miles, sometimes up to 100,000 miles 
  • A multi-point inspection
  • Offered with extended warranties and/or limited powertrain warranties

Buick certified pre-owned cars are usually newer models with less mileage. They typically come at a higher price than used cars, but they’re still more affordable than a new car. If you’re looking for more updated features for your Bartow commutes, then you might want to buy a certified pre-owned vehicle.

Find Your Used or CPO Vehicle Today at Buick Lakeland

You don’t have to go all the way to Brandon to find out about the differences between Buick certified pre-owned vehicles and normal used cars. Explore our inventory today to find the one that works for you, and then let our finance department make it easy to take home your favorite.

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